Android N: Name, specs and features to expect!

Google has announced that its next big I/O conference, which usually involves unveiling of new Android versions, will be held between May 18 to 20.

Rumour has it that the successor to Marshmallow will be known as Android N. While Google hasn't really confirmed this, we can still expect the next Android OS to be called either Nectarine, Nacho Cheese sauce, Nutella, Nonpareil, Numbles or just Nut.


Will it merge with Chrome OS?

Usually Android OS versions serve up a lot more than just fruits and flavours. If we can go by what the experts believe, then the launch of Android N will signal the demise of Chrome OS but not of Chromebooks.

UPDATED: Google Chrome OS NOT being merged into Android

In October, The Wall Street Journal revealed that an early version of the blended OS (a merging of Android with Chrome OS) will be revealed to the public in 2016. The publication added that the new OS will let us use Android OS on PCs and laptops for the first time and download apps from Google's Play Store. It would make Android the universal operating system featuring in PCs, mobile phones, smartwatches, in-car entertainment systems and Internet of Things devices.

However, Google put paid to the rising optimism by calling the merger of Android OS with Chrome OS a figment of fantasy.

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“There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just bought two for my kids for schoolwork,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast at Google.

Despite what he said, Google CEO Sundar Pichai more or less confirmed that the merger will take place sometime in the future.  “Mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today,” he said. In September, Google launched Pixel C, the first workplace tablet to run Android in place of Chrome operating system. So we won't give up on the possibility of Android N gobbling up Chrome OS just yet.

Will Android N bring in an iMessage rival?

Android N may also come with an entirely new app which will let you send and receive texts without having to pay for them, just like what Apple's iMessage feature offers. Google is reportedly using the Rich Communications Services (RCS) platform to build the new app which will also let you exchange heavy files through texts.

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If the new app does surface, Apple will surely lose an edge over Android devices in terms of easy internet-based texting. What will be interesting to see is if Google will be able to launch a FaceTime rival with Android N as well!

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  1. Guest
    Guest10th Feb 2016

    Don't they already have a messaging / face time rival with hangouts?

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